Monthly Archives: March 2009

The Bong Song

Via Reason, an open letter to President Obama: ease up in the war on drugs. Here’s the composer’s statement to go with the song: Thank you, President Obama, for keeping your campaign pledge to end raids on medical marijuana dispensaries that are legal under state laws in California and elsewhere. Thank you for reversing an […]

Pakistani ducks are different

Chris Broad has said he is extremely angrily about the lack of security in Pakistan after witnessing Tuesday’s terror attack in Lahore. The former England batsman was match referee for the Pakistan-Sri Lanka third Test and was in a vehicle with other officials when they came under fire. In a press conference Mr Broad described […]

Pakistan shits in cricketing nest

Despite Imran Khan’s repeated assertions that terrorists would never attack cricketers in Pakistan (even though the Taliban frowned on the game), terrorists have fired on the Sri Lankan team’s tour bus in Lahore, killing several local police officers and wounding several of the players, two seriously. Understandably, the Test currently underway has been abandoned, the […]

Law of unintended consequences…

Laws designed to allow same-sex and de facto couples to access the Family Court on an equal basis to married heterosexual couples may have unintended consequences, it seems. The amendment inserted a new definition of “de facto relationship” in s 4AA of the Family Law Act 1975 (Cth): Meaning of de facto relationship (1) A person […]

R.I.P Kilmeny Niland

Those of you with any interest in Australian children’s literature would be aware of illustrator Kilmeny Niland. Like her mother Ruth Park, she played a significant and ongoing role in Australian literature, and in my appreciation of the various books she illustrated. I’ve long thought her beautiful artwork ensured that some books meant more to […]

Shot whilst attempting to escape

A Tibetan monk has been shot after setting fire to himself during a protest at Beijing’s rule, reports say. The incident happened in the Tibetan-populated town of Aba in southwest China’s Sichuan province during a gathering of more than 1,000 monks. The monk, named Tapey, is said to have shouted slogans and waved a Tibetan […]